Making your own dog food is an idea whose time has come around again. As the saying goes..." what goes around, comes around ". What goes out of fashion, comes back into fashion.
Years ago, before the era of commercial dry dog food kibble, and canned dog food, everyone made homemade dog food. Really all that meant was that the dog ate what was left over from dinner and then he was left to fend for himself.
Today, we don't have to be quite so casual about feeding dogs. Thanks to the internet, we are more educated. We owe it to our beloved dogs to provide the best dog foods. Making your own dog food doesn't have to be difficult, expensive or time consuming.
All you need is a few good homemade dog food recipes, together with good dog food ingredients that you purchase yourself, and Voila! You have just made your own dog food!
Let's get started.
This is one of my favorite homemade dog food recipes using healthy dog food ingredients that have been cooked. Your dog will love it.
Dog Food Ingredients
1 lb raw ground chicken or turkey. You can use lamb/beef but there's more fat.
one medium sized sweet potato chopped
1/2 cup organic brown rice
( see grain free notes --> )
1 cup finely chopped leafy green vegetable such as spinach, chard, kale, parsley, romaine lettuce
1 large clove garlic minced
pinch of organic unbleached sea salt ( Celtic )
1 tbsp good quality olive oil
1/3 cup homemade bone broth ( optional )
Put sweet potato, brown rice, garlic and salt in a pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil, and then turn down to simmer. Cook until VERY soft, about one hour.
Add meat and chopped leafy green vegetable and mush up altogether with a potato masher.
Simmer for an extra fifteen minutes.
Remove from heat, cool and add olive oil. Swirl the oil throughout the meat, vegetable and rice mixture.
You can also add a cup of bone broth if you have it. This will add yummy flavor, vitamins, minerals and collagen.
As with all cooked foods, some nutrients and enzymes will be lost due to heating the food. For that reason I always supplement my cooked home made dog food recipes with...
The advantage of using raw dog food recipes is that raw food retains all the nutrient benefit value of, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and other macro and micro nutrients. Therefore no or limited, supplementation is necessary.
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Brown rice ( left )
Organic large flake rolled oats
( right )
Optional Grain Free Dog Food
Simply leave out the rice and oats. I use brown rice or organic large flake
rolled oats if I have a dog that is having a hard time gaining, or
holding his weight. The grains will add extra calories and nutrients.
I am a ' grain free advocate ', but do think that under some conditions of health, grains are OK. If you have questions, simply
Himalayan Sea Salt ( pink )
Home made dog food
The finished product still in the pot.
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